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Tobey Maguire Signs on for Bobby Fischer Flick

Tobey MaguireBobby Fischer

Reports confirm that will star as Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice, a new biopic about the chess legend’s life. The story will primarily focus on Fischer’s famous match against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky. The two played for the World Championship in 1972 during the Cold War.

In the 1970s, was the most dominant chess player in the world. He was only 14 when he won his first United States Championship, and still holds a record for achieving the only perfect score in tournament history (63-64 season). Fischer disappeared from the public eye in 1975 and did not re-surface until 1992, when he emerged to play a match against his rival Boris Spassky.

David Fincher has signed on to direct the film.

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Honoring ‘Bobby Fischer’

Bobby FischerBobby Fischer, the world-renowned chess player, passed away Thursday at the age of 64.  Fischer, best known for his win over Boris Spassky during the Cold War, died in Iceland due to kidney failure.

In honor of America’s champion, I would the love the opportunity to suggest a simply fantastic movie: .  Although the 1993 film is not really about the chess master per se, it does provide great insight into one of the world’s most respected and dissected games.

Fischer, the directorial debut from screenwriter (Schindler’s List), is a beautiful film about young boy who discovers he has a natural talent for the game.  Wonderful performances include a then barely-known as a mother who wants her child to live a normal life, as a father who lives vicariously through his successful son, and as the overwhelmed prodigy who just wants to have fun playing chess.

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